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Old 03-23-2020, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Best way to remove shay axle

Hay all, I am trying to replace the broken plastic gear on the axle of my 2 truck shay. Question I have is how do I keep the contact ball bearings from flying across the room when I pull the axle? First try was a miserable failure but fortunately they did not go far. As a follow up, i will also need to put em back in so tips there would be good too.
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Old 03-23-2020, 10:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You might review George Schreyer's Shay Tips page.

I replaced my trucks, bought them from Reindeer Pass Railroad, a number of years ago and converted to battery power and RailBoss 4 R/C.

Good luck!
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Old 03-24-2020, 08:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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One thing to try is to get a fairly large cardboard box (doesn't have to be cardboard, a plastic tub works). Then place the wheel set in the box while you remove the axle. Will not stop the contact problem, but will contain the parts when they fly.

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Old 03-26-2020, 07:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Put a magnet on the pickup. The little ball is steel so it will stick to the magnet. Put it back together the same way. Keep the magnet near the pickup in case the whole thing slips out of your hand.
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Old 03-27-2020, 02:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi! Maybe this site will help; I've gotten some top notch advice for working on my G scale models.

Check under the heading of Bushing Failure and/or Shay Power Contacts.
George Schreyer's site is a gold mine of info on the Bachmann engines... at least for as long as George kept up with it. I haven't been over there for several years now, but it looks like he's still keeping it up.

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